Mary Sluke, 63, of West Fargo, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after a long battle with Multiple System Atrophy.
Mary Christine Overlund was born Jan. 4, 1957, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Rev. Ervin and Sylvia (Moe) Overlund. The family lived in Minneapolis, Seattle, Washington and Coulee, Benedict and Fordville. She graduated from Fordville High School and attended Mayville State. On July 1, 1977, Mary and her high school sweetheart, David Sluke, were married at Fordville Lutheran Church. The couple lived in Hoople, Crystal, Grafton, and West Fargo. Mary was employed at First American Bank and Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton.
Mary was a very kind, humble and selfless woman, focusing her energy on family and friends. Her family will forever be warmed by the quilts Mary lovingly provided. She was an inspiration to many for her smile, positive attitude and uplifting spirit that carried her through to the end when God carried her home.
Grateful for having shared in her life are her husband, David; children, Kari (Ryan) Edmondson, Seattle, Washington, Jennifer (James) Marshall, Sammamish, Washington, and Lori (Elliot) Steinbrink, West Fargo; grandchildren, Sonja and Lucas Edmondson, Oliver and Anna Marshall and Emma, Adrina, Noah, and Lola Steinbrink; and siblings, Ruth (Bob) Gorham, Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Tim ( Hanna Petros) Overlund, Seattle, Joel ( Theresa) Overlund, Bend, Oregon, and Rachel (Cully) Waggoner, Miami.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Sylvia Overlund; father- and mother-in-law, Lynn and Joanne Sluke; and brotherin law, Daniel Sluke.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at West Funeral Home in West Fargo.
Celebration of Life was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 16, at Prairie Heights Community Church in West Fargo. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo.
Mary’s great hope was to remain in her home throughout her illness. That goal was realized with the help of the care teams from Hospice of the Red River Valley and Home Instead, alongside her husband and daughters. The family would like to direct memorials to Hospice of the Red River Valley or MSA Coalition (Multiple System Atrophy) in lieu of floral arrangements.
Covid- 19 Guidelines were followed. Masks were required at the funeral home and church.
West Funeral Home and Life Tribute Center. Westfuneralhome.com